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Simplified tender being prepared for small renewables projects

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30 September 2011: Simplified tender documentation for small-scale renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects of between 1 MW and 5 MW is being prepared and should be released by November, government has confirmed.

The National Treasury’s Karen Breytenbach reported at the recent bidders conference, hosted to canvass responses to the Depart- ment of Energy’s (DoE’s) request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of 3 725 MW of renewables capacity, that work was currently under way on the documentation.

The tender should be available for release by the time the first bid window closed for the current RFP on November 4, 2011, and she promised that it would be “much simpler” and would “lower the barriers to entry”.

Government acknowledged that the legal, financial and environmental stipulations contained within the current RFP, which was released in August, were stringent, making it difficult for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs to participate in the deployment of renewable-energy projects.

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